Saturday, March 1, 2014
F&M at Catholic | Washington, D.C. (Gallaudet University) | 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
F&M at Catholic | Washington, D.C. (Gallaudet University) | 1:00 p.m.
Series History: The Diplomats and the Cardinals have faced off only four times in a series that is quickly approaching 100 years old. Catholic holds the 3-1 lead but F&M came out on top the last time these two schools faced off, a 4-3 victory in Lancaster back on April 3, 1993. The first meeting goes all the way back to 1914, when the Cardinals earned a 10-3 win.
Last Week: The Diplomats opened their season on Saturday at the Guilford College Tournament with a commanding 14-9 victory over the host institution, but F&M had its record evened at 1-1 after falling to Case Western Reserve by an 18-3 score on Sunday.
Against Guilford, the Diplomats erased an early 4-0 deficit in the first by exploding for eight runs off eight hits in the top of the second to take the lead, which F&M held on to throughout the remainder of the contest.
The Diplomats tallied 19 hits on the afternoon, compared to 17 from the Quakers. Joe Gallitto led the way with a 4-for-6 effort, while reigning Centennial Conference (CC) Rookie of the Year Matt Mezansky went 3-for-6 with four RBIs. Rob Anderson went 3-for-5 from the leadoff position and scored three runs while tallying three RBIs.
On Sunday against Case Western, the Diplomats found themselves battling back from a large deficit before having the opportunity to step to the plate after Case Western put up eight runs off eight hits in the top of the first that included a pair of triples in the frame.
The Diplomats combined for eight hits on the afternoon, while surrendering 24 to the Spartans. Brett Poniros put together F&M's only multi-hit effort with a 2-for-3 showing that included a run, while Casey Bulik finished 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Paul Giulio got the nod to start the contest but was chased from the mound in the first inning after allowing four earned and retiring only a pair of batters. Eric Bateman (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up five earned off six hits in 2.1 innings of relief.
Scouting the Cardinals: Catholic enters competition with a 1-1 record on the year, not including a Wednesday matchup with Randolph-Macon, after picking up a split against Marymount (Va.) on Sunday. The Cardinals fell in game one by a narrow 5-4 score before battling back for a 10-4 tally in the nightcap. Catholic resides in the Landmark Conference and has been tabbed to finish second, behind Moravian, after returning five All-Landmark players from a team that went 26-17 a season ago, including an 11-7 mark in conference play.
Record Book Watch: With his RBI double to left field in the top of the second against Guilford on Saturday, Will Benenson moved into ninth place on the F&M career double's list with 28. The program record belongs to Scott Haft (2002-05), who accumulated 45. Benenson also is in a tie for sixth on the program's all-time RBI list with 88. The record belongs to Jason Anderson (2007-10) with 108.
Behind the plate, Pat Andrews has successfully thrown out 23 runners in his career, a mark that places him in a tie for second all time behind the program leader Dan Weber (2001-04), who holds the record with 27.